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Home team BTL Community lift Koroga Festival-Tatu City Trophy

first_img0Shares0000BTL Community Team B football team beat Capital FM A 2-1 to lift the inaugural Koroga Festival-Tatu City Seven-A-Side Trophy in a pulsating final.NAIROBI, Kenya, July 4 – BTL Community Team B football team produced a scintillating performance to upset Capital FM A 2-1 to lift the inaugural Koroga Festival-Tatu City Seven-A-Side Trophy in a pulsating final.Area residents, who had turned out to cheer their team, ran into the BTL Community grounds as soon as the centre referee blew the final whistle to join their local heroes in celebrating the hard-earned victory. It was the first time the annual tournament was played, attracting eight teams from Tatu City companies and partners, such as the Conference Resources Consulting, Credit Bank, Crawford International, Tatu City Select Team, BTL Community Team A and BTL Community Team B.The champions finished the tournament unbeaten and produced the Most Valuable Player and Golden Boot winner, who sunk in four goals.BTL community has two football teams, team A and B. Community team A plays in the Regional League while community B plays in the Kiambu County Football League. Both teams use the community field for practice and training.The tournament also featured a junior competition, which was contested by Ngewe Primary School, Tatu Primary School and BTL Community Junior team.BTL Community Junior team won the Junior category and also produced the tournament’s Most Valuable Junior Player.The community junior team exercises regularly and participates in friendly matches and local tournaments.The Best Mix of Music’s second-string side entered the tournament as underdogs and were fortunate to exit the tournament pointless after being drawn in the Group of Death alongside CRC, BTL Community Team B and Credit Bank, respectively.Capital FM Technical Operator Wilson Akello presenting the award to the winner.Capital FM Team A had a relatively easy time making their way through the group stage after they registered wins against Crawford International (2-1) and Tatu City (1-0), but had to settle for a goalless draw with BTL Community Team A.In the subsequent semi-final matches, BTL Community Team B made light work of their counterparts in BTL Community Team A after they struck late in the second half to grab a slim 0-1 victory in an ill-tempered match.Capital FM Team A booked their ticket into the final after a hard-earned 1-0 win over a stubborn CRC.CRC’s midfield maestro Bill Gitura jointly emerged Most Valuable Player in the Seniors Category with BTL Community A’s Kelvin Ngugi.In addition to the team, clinching the tournament’s bragging rights, they also produced the tournament’s best goalkeeper Jackson Kefa  (BTL Community A) and top scorer Hassan Ndende (BTL Community B), respectively.Shazeen Rahemtulla, Marketing and Communications Manager at Tatu City, congratulated the team, while assuring that the Tatu City will continue hosting such events as part of its community support programmes.“The community is one of Tatu City’s closest stakeholders. We strive to maintain a cohesive relationship through organising activities that add value to the community, as well as improve living standards. The tournament was aimed at creating awareness for Koroga Festival, which will take place on 6th and 7th July at Tatu City. We look forward to having a great time together,” she said.Capital FM’s Commercial Director Farida Idris said the partnership with Tatu City has set the pace for the corporate sector in the country in promoting talent in sports and culture.“How best can this be indicated other than on this coming weekend July 6-7, when all roads will lead to Tatu City, for the Koroga Festival. We are truly in good hands,” Miss Idris said.-About Tatu City- Tatu City is a 5,000-acre, mixed-use development with homes, schools, offices, a shopping district, medical clinics, nature areas, a sport & entertainment complex and manufacturing area for more than 150,000 residents and tens of thousands of day visitors.Schools and businesses are already open at Tatu City, and a range of houses are under construction to suit all incomes.Tatu City represents a new way of living and thinking for all Kenyans, creating a unique live, work and play environment that is free from traffic congestion and long-distance commuting.Tatu City’s Special Economic Zone status provides reduced corporate taxes, customs and excise duty exemptions, VAT benefits, profit and capital repatriation at reduced rates, as well as enhanced intellectual property rights, among other benefits.-About Koroga Festival-Capital FM Marketing Director Farida Idris presenting the award. The Koroga Festival is a celebration of African music, food, art and fashion brought to you in the form of a concert and open boutique market.Aptly named after the Swahili word meaning “mix,” The Koroga Festival is a great reflection of Kenya’s brilliant and diverse local talent, whilst also attracting leading artists from all over the world through music, fashion, food and arts.The 26th Koroga Festival edition will be held at The Tatu City on July 6-7, 2019 with headline artists being Nigerian based Femi Kuti, Them Mushrooms, Jua Cali, Samidoh among others.0Shares0000(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Blow for Arsenal and Tottenham! AC Milan convinced France star is Italy-bound

first_img Monaco star Geoffrey Kondogbia in action for France AC Milan are convinced they have won the race to sign Arsenal and Tottenham target Geoffrey Kondogbia, according to reports in Italy.As talkSPORT told you, the Monaco star is a wanted man by the Premier League duo and Real Madrid, but the 22-year-old is now on the brink of signing for the Serie A giants.Kondogbia held “positive” talks with the Rossoneri on Thursday night according to Italian news outlet MilanNews and the France international is set to join for around £30m.Milan are expected to thrash out the terms of the deal this weekend and offer a five-year contract to one of the rising stars in European football.It now looks likely only a late swoop from one of Kondogbia’s other admirers could convince the former Lens and Sevilla defensive midfielder to change his mind over his future.Kondogbia, who moved to the Ligue 1 side for £20m in August 2013, played a key role as Monaco reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League last term, knocking out Arsenal in the process. 1last_img read more

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Thousands evacuate after volcano threat

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Scientists raised the alert at Mount Kelud to the highest level earlier this week, pointing to sharply rising temperatures in the lake of its crater and violent rumbling beneath. There was an hour-long spike in the underground tremors and temperature on Friday when gas or magma tried to break through the crater lake, said Surono, a government volcanologist who goes by only one name. The activity then subsided. “Anything could happen anytime now,” he said, noting that a similar pattern emerged days before the last major eruption in 1990. He said he was “afraid pressure behind the magma will build up again and that next time it will explode.” The 1990 eruption of Mount Kelud on Indonesia’s densely populated island of Java, killed dozens. In 1919, a powerful explosion of the volcano destroyed dozens of villages and killed at least 5,160 people. Authorities ordered 116,000 people living along the volcano’s fertile slopes to leave their homes Friday, but many have refused, saying they needed to tend to their crops and animals and protect against possible looting. ALERT: People forced from their homes, some at gunpoint, after underground tremors. By Indra Harsaputra THE ASSOCIATED PRESS MOUNT KELUD, Indonesia – Tens of thousands of people were ordered by police – some at gunpoint – to leave their homes on the slopes of one of Indonesia’s deadliest volcanoes Friday after a series of underground tremors heightened fears of an imminent eruption. Police forced many people to leave at gunpoint, calling the situation “critical.” “If we didn’t force them – in this case with a showing of firearms – the villagers would not budge,” said police chief Col. Tjuk Basuki, adding that residents have been repeatedly warned about the danger. “We had no choice but to do this for their safety.” Sugeng Walujo, a 37-year-old villager, said he does not plan to leave. He, like many others, believes he will be protected if he follows the guidelines of an ancient myth. “If I don’t scream for help or turn on any lights, the lava and ashes will not reach my home,” he said. “I’m not going anywhere.” Many people who left the mountain were staying in temporary shelters along its base. Some held Islamic prayers in a tent Friday, where a preacher told them to remain calm and follow the advice of authorities. The U.N. said Friday that the World Health Organization has activated 100 medics, put 200 health facilities on alert and established 41 outreach health posts because of the volcano. Emergency health kits, masks and other equipment were distributed. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Complaints up about LAPD staff

first_imgThe Los Angeles Police Department recorded more complaints against its employees in 2005 than in previous years, a rise officials attributed Tuesday to better reporting. Members of the public, other city and law-enforcement personnel and the department’s own staff filed 6,520 complaints against LAPD employees last year, up from 6,471 in 2004 and 5,276 in 2003. But LAPD officials told the Police Commission that figures from previous years were artificially low, and they see the rise as a sign that efforts to probe each complaint are succeeding. “The increase in complaints is not a bad thing but a more accurate reflection of the number of complaints that exist,” Internal Affairs Cmdr. Eric Lillo said. Department officials also said the 6,520 complaints should be considered in light of the total number of contacts LAPD employees have with members of the public each year – a number they estimated at several million. Chief William Bratton said he ordered an audit in 2003 because it seemed there were too few complaints. “What began the process was what was thought to be a good-news story,” the chief said. The audit involved undercover officers pretending to be members of the public trying to lodge complaints against the LAPD. “We found that a large percentage of the complaints were not being taken,” Lillo said. “The importance of taking all complaints has been emphasized, and, as a result, the subsequent audits have indicated very high compliance.” The department has also informed the public about the complaint process at community meetings and ensured that forms are available at all stations, Lillo said. Dan Laidman, (213) 978-0390 dan.laidman@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Of 5,634 complaints investigated and closed out in 2005, 1,176 were sustained, resulting in 320 suspensions and 101 employees being discharged, removed or transferred, according to an LAPD report. Commissioners questioned why an employee would be transferred if a serious allegation was found to have merit. Lillo said most of the transfers involved civilian employees sent to a different city agency. “That’s kind of alarming,” Commissioner Alan Skobin said. The commissioners asked for more data on the transfers and some other aspects of the complaint data, but accepted the explanation of LAPD officials that the annual increase reflects better reporting. The most common complaint was neglect of duty, a category in which 444 of 2,934 allegations were sustained. Investigators sustained 305 of 2,416 unbecoming-conduct complaints, 19 of 1,156 for unauthorized force and 47 of 274 for false statements. last_img read more

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GORSE FIRES SWEEP ACROSS FIELDS AROUND BURT

first_imgBREAKING NEWS: Up to 30 small gorse fires are sweeping across fields around Burt.Two members of the fire service are tackling the numerous small blazes which are taking places in fields on higher ground.It is still not known how the fires started but the fire service have not ruled out the fires may have been started deliberately. Traffic on the Letterkenny to Derry road has been forced to slow down as thick smoke billows across the road.GORSE FIRES SWEEP ACROSS FIELDS AROUND BURT was last modified: November 15th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BURTFIRE SERVICEgorse fireslast_img read more

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DONEGAL CAMPAIGNERS IN CONSTITUTIONAL CHALLENGE TO SEPTIC TANK TAXES

first_imgANTI-TAX campaigners protesting at new septic tank charges for rural dwellers have written to the President Michael D. Higgins saying new laws which will bring in the taxes are unconstitutional.In their letter to Áras an Uachtaráin campaigners from Cloch Cheann Fhaola asked the President to urgently review the laws which were passed last week.Following its weekly protest in An Fál Carrach, the ‘Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay’campaigners allege that the recent septic tank bill President Higgins signed into law is unconstitutional. Citing a specific article in the constitution, the letter, a copy of which has been seen by donegaldaily.com, states: “We are very concerned about the Water Services (Amendment) Act 2012 which you signed on2 February 2012, as it contains measures contrary to Article 40 of theConstitution Of Ireland – Bunreacht Na hÉireann – “All citizens shall, ashuman persons, be held equal before the law.”The letter continued: “This legislation is unconstitutional because itsignificantly discriminates against rural dwellers, putting them underconsiderable stress, duress and uncertainty.“In addition, the legislation does not specify the exact nature of new regulations to be imposed on septic tank construction – nor does the legislation incorporate any grant or public works element to alleviate the potentially extremely heavy cost burden on individual rural citizens.”It added: “Section 70L of the Bill gives sweeping powers to the EnvironmentMinister to impose retrospective standards on domestic wastewater treatment systems. “This could lead to individual sewerage units and septic tanks requiring remediation work that could cost amounts up to  €17,000.“Furthermore, many homes built prior to 1963 did not require planningpermission for septic tank construction – others, built under previousEnvironment ProtectionAgency (EPA) standards, received planning permission for the use of a septic tank with soak pit/soakaway rather than the current requirement for percolation areas.”Deeming the law unfair, the letter goes on: “If required to upgrade, thiscould result in some rural dwellers finding themselves without sufficientland to comply with newly imposed standards and could be faced with thesituation of not being able to continue living in their homes. Urbandwellers have their wastewater treatment paid for by the Exchequer.“This new law penalises unfairly the over 400,000 rural dwellers, potentially to the point of turning them out of their homes, and imposing a significant cost burden.“A constitutionally just law, concerning domestic wastewatertreatment, would contain the exact details of the standards to be imposedand also incorporate some grant or public works element to alleviate thepotentially extremely heavy cost burden from individual rural citizens. “We place our trust in your duty to protect constitutional rights and ask you to make representations to the government to urgently make appropriate and just changes to this Act.”Campaign spokeswoman Mary Attenborough said they believed they had made a significant legal argument and hoped the President would now review the legislation.© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law. Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailyDONEGAL CAMPAIGNERS IN CONSTITUTIONAL CHALLENGE TO SEPTIC TANK TAXES was last modified: February 13th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Cloch Cheann Fhaoladonegal campaignersFalcarraghseptic tank chargeslast_img read more

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Check out these two amazing Christmas nights at The Shandon

first_imgIf you think it’s too early to book your Christmas party, then think again.Christmas Parties at the Shandon Hotel and Spa for 2017 are already booking-out fast!Now you can party with class this Christmas at the Four Star Shandon Resort who will feature two very special acts. The first date sees the amazing Wailin Banshees Live on Saturday, 9th December and the hotel have a special all-inclusive package on offer.The Wailin BansheesThis includes:Shandon G&T Cocktail on ArrivalTurf Fire & Sea View Complimentary 4 Course Gourmet Meal€49 per personA ticket plus B&B comes in at €109ppsTHE WAILIN BANSHEES are the newest arrivals to the music scene this year, so who are the Banshees and why have they been causing such a stir and interest lately.The band all hail from Strabane and were formed when 2 former members of The Whiskey Preachers Eamonn ‘Sticks’ Doherty and Sean Gillespie expanded and joined forces with Gavin Kelly and Shaun McGinley. Things have kicked off at a rapid pace for the lads with massive interest from agents around the country and popularity has grown so quickly. Members include, Eamonn Sticks Doherty a well-known Trad Folk performer with a wealth of experience travelling worldwide and playing with many bands over 25 years.Gav Kelly the livewire of the band brings his qualities with rock and contemporary songs to the fore and has been known to dance lol.Sean Gillespie having learned drums from his father Joe a well-known musician at the age of 9 and also a top Trad performer and finally the backbone Shaun McGinley another vastly experienced musician of over 30 years and well-travelled performer concludes the line-up.The Banshees bring a fusion of Irish Trad with Folk songs and Rock to Popular Genres…a unique highly energetic gig with their own twist on songs..from The Pogues, Waterboys, U2, Ed Sheeran, Bob Dylan, Lumineers, Fureys, Christy Moore & Sawdoctors …. Already the lads are well booked from the Harp n Fiddle Strabane to Time Cookstown to Omagh Maghera Portglenone Derry Glenties Magherafelt Dungiven Pomeroy Letterkenny Dungloe and many other venues so be sure and try and catch them and you’ll be in for a treat…the near future promises to bring videos and cds within the lads plan Gav Kelly – vocals, guitar, harmonica, lead guitar Éamonn sticks Doherty – vocals, banjo, bouzouki, whistles Sean Gillespie – drums, bodhran, whistles Shaun McGinley – vocals, bass On Saturday, 16th December, the amazing Foyle Showband will do the honours.The Foyle ShowbandThis package includesShandon G&T Cocktail on ArrivalTurf Fire & Sea View Complimentary4 Course Gourmet Meal – all this for €49 per personA ticket for the show plus B&B costs just €109ppsThe Foyle Showband is an all action packed band. Boasting a fantastic brass section. This unique showband spreads its wings around the country and further a field. Their music spans from Elvis Presley to Garth Brooks, Olly Murs to Brendan Bowyer, Tom Jones to Joe Dolan and much more – You will have you dancing from start to finish.T&C’s All events are configured in tables of 8, 9, 10 or 11. Single tickets can be purchased but please note you will be allocated a table with other guests. Children are not permitted at the Christmas Party Night. 30 euro deposit required for non-residents wishing to book any event.To book, please call or email us 00353 (0) 74 71 36137 or email info@shandonhotelspa.comCheck out these two amazing Christmas nights at The Shandon was last modified: August 17th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:CHristmasparty nightsshandonlast_img read more

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Cancer survivor gives back with generous donation to Altnagelvin

first_imgA Donegal woman has presented a kind donation to the North West Cancer Centre following her recovery from breast cancer.Joanne Doherty from Moville received such outstanding care during her treatment at Altnagelvin Hospital that she was inspired to raise funds for the much-valued service.Joanne was first diagnosed with cancer in 2016 and has thankfully come out the other side. As she celebrated her 50th birthday this year, Joanne decided to do something different and have an online birthday fundraiser in lieu of gifts.She also held a successful coffee morning in the Grencrow Hall in Moville in January 2019.Joanne’s fundraisers have raised a fantastic £3,055 in support of the cross-border North West Cancer Centre. She and her family recently visited Altnagelvin to present the donation to the Western Health and Social Care Trust (Western Trust), which was gratefully received by staff members Tara McIntyre and Caroline McLaughlin.  Cancer survivor gives back with generous donation to Altnagelvin was last modified: March 29th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Altnagelvindonationjoanne dohertyNorth West Cancer Centrelast_img read more

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Bucks 134, Warriors 111: Warriors fall apart without Draymond Green

first_imgOAKLAND – Is Draymond Green the Warriors’ most important player?It seems well established that either Stephen Curry or Kevin Durant would be the best Warriors’ candidates to win regular-season MVP. Presuming the Warriors win their fourth Finals appearance in the past five years, the nod will likely go either to Curry or Durant.But as the Warriors experienced in their 134-111 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday at Oracle Arena, no one can fully replace the unique qualities that make Green …last_img read more

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SETI Mania Strikes Again

first_imgAnother unexplained anomaly has SETI enthusiasts scrambling for their telescopes.Either it’s fundraising time at the SETI Institute, or something really strange is going on. Just weeks ago, the news media were aflame with news about “Tabby’s Star” as a possible site for an advanced civilization (8/18/16). Now, Russian scientists reported a strong signal from HD 164595, a star 94 light-years away. Will this be the new “Wow!” signal? (Space.com explains the history of that.)The signal is consistent with something an alien civilization might send out, astronomers have said. But that’s just one scenario, and not the most likely one, researchers cautioned; the signal may also have resulted from a natural celestial event or terrestrial interference of some sort.Seth Shostak, playing the cautious and dispassionate scientist, warns that we may never know the cause of the signal unless we get a follow-up detection. Even non-detections, though, can serve the SETI community, in the same way bad publicity is still publicity. For instance, SETI enthusiasts still point to the “Wow!” signal of 1977 to keep the dream alive, even though nothing of intelligent origin was ever confirmed.HD 164595 is called an “earth-like” planet with one known Neptune-sized planet. The signal was phenomenally strong, Live Science says. “Based on the received signal’s characteristics, aliens would have to generate about 100 billion billion watts of energy to blast it out in all directions. And they’d still have to produce more than 1 trillion watts if they beamed it only to Earth for some reason, Shostak said.” Still, without confirmation, it is just “interesting”.New Scientist is less hopeful. “Mysterious signal unlikely to be aliens after SETI draws a blank,” Shannon Hall writes. The cosmos remains so quiet, “You could hear a pin drop.” The Russians were “either extremely lucky to detect this source in their observations, or that the transient is due to local interference or other calibration issues”, write Steve Croft of the Berkeley SETI Research Center. Nevertheless, various radio telescopes will be watching the star.Instant Recall: No sooner had we written the above than the claim was retracted:That ‘Alien’ Signal? New Observations Are Coming Up Empty (National Geographic)‘Alien’ Signal Had Earthly Cause, Russian Scientists Say (Live Science)We’re no strangers to ‘alien’ false alarms – one was caused by a microwave oven (Mark Gallaway, The Conversation)Party’s over. It was fun while it lasted.Astrobiology UpdateTwo Yale researchers have come up with “a better way to learn if alien planets have the right stuff.” Astrobiology Magazine reports on their new model that takes into account the chemical composition of a planet, not just its distance from its host star. The subject of “diamond planets” enters their discussion.Like mysteries? New Scientist printed the headline, “Mystery object in weird orbit beyond Neptune cannot be explained.” The “rebellious” TNO has a 110-degree inclination and orbits the sun backwards. “It’s wonderful that it’s so confusing,” an astronomer said.To follow up on our story about Proxima b, the newest “earth-like planet” candidate (8/25/16), New Scientist now says that the star may be blasting away the planet’s atmosphere. Red dwarf stars are notorious for sending out massive flares that would fry any life on an orbiting planet, even if it were in the habitable zone. Despite the probable bad news, Seth Shostak weighed in on the significance of finding life there, even if it is unlikely. In Live Science, he gave the reason why astrobiologists and SETI enthusiasts remain hopeful against the odds. A confirmed detection would do the following:For one, it would demonstrate that the emergence of life is not a miracle unique to Earth, Shostak said.“I think that from the philosophical point of view — set aside all the biology and other scientific implications — the philosophical import would be very substantial: sort of like being in Europe in 1492 and learning of the existence of a New World,” Shostak said.[Astena] Coustenis added that any discovery of life in the universe — even if it’s evidence of past life — would be “mind-blowing.”“It would turn around all kinds of scientific models and put everything into perspective in a very different way,” she said. “Whether life is found in the solar system or outside it, to me it’s the same thing. And either a positive or negative result would have huge implications for what we understand about the emergence of life.“Ross Anderson is surprisingly criticial of this enthusiasm in his essay for The Atlantic. “Fancy Math Can’t Make Aliens Real,” he writes. You can’t make a case for anything with a sample size of one. You can’t even make a case for life with 2,000 exoplanets now known. Evolutionary theory does not necessarily guarantee the emergence of intelligence, he argues.We can’t extrapolate from our experience on this planet, because it’s only one data point. We could be the only intelligent beings in the universe, or we could be one among trillions, and either way Earth’s natural history would look the exact same. Even if we could draw some crude inferences, the takeaways might not be so reassuring. It took two billion years for simple, single-celled life to spawn our primordial lineage, the eukaryotes. And so far as we can tell, it only happened once. It took another billion years for eukaryotes to bootstrap into complex animal life, and hundreds of millions of years more for the development of language and sophisticated tool-making. And unlike the eye, or bodies with legs—adaptations that have arisen independently on many branches of life’s tree—intelligence of the spaceship-making sort has only emerged once, in all of Earth’s history. It just doesn’t seem like one of evolution’s go-to solutions.At Space.com, Nola Taylor Redd puts out some reality-check facts about habitability. Being in “the habitable zone” is not enough, she says. The temperature of a planet depends on its interior composition as well as its atmosphere and distance from a star. The media spin now? Space.com writes, “Is the Nearest Alien Planet Proxima b Habitable? ‘It’s Complicated‘.”The bad news is usually outweighed by the hope. Astrobiologists have their evolutionary “scenarios” that are almost guaranteed to popular the universe with life, some of it like ours. On PhysOrg, a “geospatial expert” delivers her post-mortem spin, describing all the wonderful spin-offs that might come from imagining aliens out there.The thing to note here is the mental attitude of the SETI enthusiasts. Their minds are geared up for a big find. Based on their evolutionary worldview, the universe must be populated by other intelligent beings like us. They really expect to make contact at any time. It escapes their notice, of course, that they must use intelligent-design reasoning to infer aliens as the source of an anomalous signal (see Shostak try to work his way out of that trap, 12/03/05).So what if they do make contact? Could this be part of the great deception that the Apostle Paul spoke of in II Thessalonians that would precede the coming of the Lord? Jesus warned of false christs and false apostles in the last days who would perform great signs and wonders that might “lead astray, if possible, even the elect” (Matthew 24:24). SETI would be the perfect setup for Satan. He could engineer a signal to deceive the world. Most SETI enthusiasts believe that aliens are probably far older and wiser than humans, and have much to teach us. Satan would love to fill that role.Given the prepared minds of the world’s intellectuals, many could fall for the deception. Satan doesn’t even need to mimic a communication; just evidence of an advanced civilization would be enough to send the secular science community, the media and the world to believe the lie. Then he could indwell the anti-Christ and his false prophet on earth, pretending to proclaim knowledge from the aliens to save humanity. They’ve already rejected their Creator and chosen to live in sin and self-love. “Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness” (II Thessalonians 2:11-12). Satan gets a brief time of glory before the Lamb returns in power like a Lion, destroying Satan along with his lies and his dupes.“See, I have told you beforehand,” Jesus said to his disciples. The deception may not come in the form of SETI, but it is coming. Be prepared. Watch. Wait. He who endures to the end will be saved, Jesus said. Only the redeemed, indwelt by the Holy Spirit, will have the power to endure. He won’t let a single one out of His hand. (Visited 52 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more